Hello, well here is an update on our progress in 2011.
All six driving axleboxes have been cast – at contractors in Southam (Warwicks) awaiting machining
One axlebox keep and one bearing have been cast and await checking before we order five more of each
All hornguides cast – those for the leading driving wheel which are different from the rest have been machined and trial fitted. The remaining eight await machining. The four ties (stretchers) for these have been machined.
All horn ties have been cast and are at Llangollen awaiting machining
Six driving wheel springs have been manufactured at Owen Springs Rotherham
Twelve spring hanger brackets have been cast and are at Llangollen awaiting machining and fitting to the frames
Six spring hangers and the pins have been machined and are at Llangollen waiting for delivery of the springs
The pattern for the Tee Piece (which connects axlebox to spring) has been made and the six Tee Pieces cast
The four main frame stretchers have been cast and machined and are at Llangollen awaiting fitting to the frames
The wheels have been machined and are at the South Devon Railway to be made into wheelsets
The two axles have been machined and work on the crank axle is proceeding.
Manufacturing drawings for the running plate, motion girder and motion bracket are in preparation
Quotes have been obtained for the two remaining connecting rod forgings and the inside cylinder end cap
All buffers have been refurbished
The chimney from 45539 E.C. Trench has been acquired at Sheffield Raiwayana auctions
One bogie wheelset complete with axleboxes and hornguides has been acquired with the other one promised.
The tender wheels have been refurbished at Tyseley
The tender springs have been refurbished by Owens Springs in Rotherham
Quotes have been obtained for new inside and outside frame plates and front and rear dragboxes
The order has been placed for a new axlebox pattern and four axleboxes to be cast
Drawings for the revised tender tank have been completed
Have a great Christmas, thanks for your support in 2011
And lets hope 2012 will be the year the Patriot becomes a rolling chassis and really moves forward in both support and awareness.